To Seize the Passing Dream Author:Ted Berkman A novel of Whsitler, his women and his world. — James McNeil Whistler -- Butterfly or Scorpion? Although he was an American, educated at West Point, and proud of his Yankee heritage, he lived in Europe most of his lif, spending his childhood in St. Petersburg, his art-student days in Paris and more than 40 years in London. He lived a life of ex... more »citement, mad affairs, glamour and controversy.
His personal tastes -- in clothing, in decor, in womwn -- were distinctly flamboyant, but in his paintings his hallmark was the subtle use of color, particularly muted shades of gray, brown, and black. Friends with Du Maurier, Monet, Manet, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, he feuded bitterly with Oscar Wilde and Swinburne.
He was a lacerating wit, a notorious debauchee, and a truly unique talent; and Ted Berkman, in this fascinating biography, brings Whistler vividly to life, and paints a well-rounded portrait of an artist in revolt, a man of torment, and, without a doubt, a genius.« less